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Notebook: Israel women's lacrosse to forfeit if scheduled to play on Shabbat

Women's World Cup team has five players and two coaches with Baltimore ties; MLL switches All-Star team names after criticism

The Baltimore Sun

7:28 PM EDT, July 9, 2013

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The Israel Lacrosse Association issued a statement Tuesday saying that its women's national team will forfeit if it is scheduled to play a World Cup game between sunset Friday, July 19 and sunset Saturday, July 20, which is Judaism's holy day of Shabbat that week.

The opening rounds of the 19-team Women's World Cup begin Thursday, and only the top eight teams would be eligible to play in the championship bracket on July 19 or 20. The Federation of International Lacrosse has told the Israelis it will not rework the schedule if they advance and are slated to play on Shabbat.

Israel's team, which includes five players and two coaches with Baltimore-area ties, informed the FIL of its desire not to play during Shabbat before the schedule was released, and the organization did not schedule Israel to play an opening-round game during this week's Sabbath.

Israel also said that in the event the team is scheduled to play on Shabbat, it will ask its opponent to play an exhibition match before or after the holy day.

"It is our hope that our scheduled opponent is willing to compete against us in an exhibition match to offer finality to what is sure to be an exceptional week of lacrosse," the organization said in a statement.

Midfielder Kim Dubansky (Johns Hopkins, McDonogh), attacker Jenna Block (McDonogh), defender Katie Mazer (Bryn Mawr), goalie Sarah Meisenberg (Severn) and defender Davia Procida (Wilde Lake) play for the Israelis. McDonogh grad Lauren Paul Norris coaches the squad, and Baltimore native Laura Liebman is one of her assistants.

MLL changes All-Star team names after backlash

Major League Lacrosse announced Supernova and Eclipse as the new names for Saturday night's All-Star teams after the original names, Homewreckers and Funk Meisters, drew criticism.

The original team names referred to menu items at Moe's Southwest Grill, the title sponsor of the event in Charlotte, N.C.

"We apologize if anyone was offended by our choice as it was never our intention to offend anyone," the league said in a statement.

The 38 All-Stars will receive their team assignments on the eve of the game, as chosen by the Ultimate Fan Fantasy winners — 17-year-old Cameron MacKenzie of St. Charles, Ill., who will serve as the Eclipse captain, and 15-year-old Frank Ranfone of Guilford, Conn., the Supernova captain. In a playground-style selection process, MacKenzie and Ranfone will select the teams.

The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

STX signs Baum

Baltimore-based STX announced Monday that it has signed a one-year deal with 2012 Tewaaraton Award winner and LXM Pro Tour player Peter Baum.

As a part of his role with STX, the former Colgate star will be involved in product development and testing to provide feedback on equipment. Baum will also represent STX in the LXM Pro, in public appearances and demo sessions at select events. Baum debuted on Team STX in the LXM Pro this year, scoring a goal in the tour's season opener June 8 in Orange County, Calif., and two goals June 22 in Del Mar, Calif.

Century grad Wolfe heading to Penn

Penn announced that Century attacker Kailey Wolfe will join the program as part of the class of 2017.

A four-time letter-winner, Wolfe won two state championships (2010, 2012) and was twice a state semifinalist. She was a three-time All-Carroll County selection, earning second-team honors in 2012 and 2013 with honorable mention in 2010. She also lettered three times in field hockey, serving as team captain.